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Glen Carbon in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Madison Coal Corporation

Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail

Madison Coal Corporation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 2, 2022
1. Madison Coal Corporation Marker
Inscription.  This building housed the central office of the Madison Coal Corporation's mining operations in the State of Illinois. The company owned mines in Edwardsville, Mount Olive, Divernon and Herrin. The office was located less than one mile west of the large Mine #2 and the Illinois Central Railroad was virtually at its front door.

The mining engineers and draftsmen worked here keeping up to date records and blue prints of the mined-out areas of each mine.

The payroll bookkeeping was also done here. This included keeping track of coal delivered to the miners' homes and rent advances on payroll. Books of coupons redeemable at the company store on Main Street were deducted from the miner's paychecks. The miners were always paid in cash at the Mine Rescue Station (a short distance away).

William E. Guy, president of the Madison Coal Corporation, had a background as geologist, engineer, manufacturer and railroad promoter. He earned his bachelor and master degrees from Princeton University then attended Freiburg School of Mines in Germany for four years earning a Masters of Engineering degree.

In 1891,
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he organized and built both the Madison Coal Corporation and the St. Louis, Peoria and Northern Railway which was sold in 1899 to the Illinois Central Railway.

Mr. Guy and his companies donated most of the land for construction of churches, parks, and schools within the new village. Prizes for the most beautifully kept flower and vegetable gardens were awarded. This earned Mr. Guy and his companies a reputation as being a "good outfit to work for."
Erected 2021 by MCT Trails/Madison County Transit and Glen Carbon Historical & Museum Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 38° 44.777′ N, 89° 59.007′ W. Marker is in Glen Carbon, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on Collinsville Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker is off the Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail, and can be easily accessed from Collinsville Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 Collinsville St, Glen Carbon IL 62034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Illinois Central Depot & Daenzer House (here, next to this marker); Village Winter Scene (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coal Washer (about 700 feet away); Glen Carbon Volunteer Fire Department
Madison Coal Corporation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 2, 2022
2. Madison Coal Corporation Marker
Marker is on the left, across from the "Illinois Central Depot" marker; both are near the junction of the Ronald J. Foster Bike Trail and Collinsville Avenue
(approx. 0.2 miles away); People (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coal Mining in Glen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Schools (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named People (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Carbon.
Also see . . .  MCT Trails (official website). Information on several trails that are all over Madison County, Illinois. Many of them were former railroads, as part of the "Rails to Trails" program. (Submitted on May 2, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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May. 31, 2023